CEBU CITY – Cebu Institute of Technology-University notched their first win, beating University of San Carlos, 82-77, in the 2018 Cesafi men’s basketball tournament on Tuesday night at the Cebu Coliseum.
The Wildcats held a 10-point lead, 60-50, at the start of the final period but saw it trimmed to two, after a layup by Jules Langres with 21 seconds to go.
CIT-U managed to create breathing room with free throws from veterans Kevin Peter Oleodo and Mark Christian Kong as the Wildcats scored their first win in eight games.
“It feels so great. Of course we have been working hard for this win. I would like to thank my players for their hard work and effort. I would like to thank our supporters who are there for us win or lose,” said Wildcats coach Bembem Alcaraz.
Five players scored in double figures for the Wildcats led by Kenny Rogers Rocacurva, the school’s prized find from Camotes Island, who had 21 points, 13 rebounds and three assists.
Kong had 16 points, 11 boards and four steals, while Clark Con-Ui also scored 16.
Oleodo scored 15 and Jemcerson Sable added 12 points.
USC dropped to 2-6 in spite of the 24-point, 12-rebound performance of Sommy Managor.
CIT-U 82 - Rocacurva 21, Kong 16, Con-ui 16, Oleodo 15, Sable 12, Rosell 2.
USC 77 - Managor 24, Saycon 19, Langres 15, Mangubat 9, Jelianggao 5, Suarez 3, Tan 2.
Quarterscores: 12-21; 37-32; 60-50; 82-77.